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GE Paths

Global Studies

logo with globe and handsThe Global Studies path provides students an opportunity to explore how global and transnational processes bring people together across the globe. It prompts students to examine how their lives affect and are affected by globalization. Through interdisciplinary coursework students will be introduced to definitions of globalization and key concepts related to globalizing trends. Students will explore political, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of contemporary globalization, the historical antecedents of globalization, and the diverse consequences of globalization including how it influences traditional culture, identity, media, markets, the boundaries and power of nation-states, and the environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to define globalization and key concepts related to globalizing trends.
  2. Students will be able to recognize a variety of globalized political, economic, socio-cultural, and aesthetic forms.
  3. Students will be able to discuss the political, economic, socio-cultural and/or historical underpinnings of globalization.
  4. Students will be able to analyze the diverse consequences of globalization including its impacts on various social formations (e.g. identity, culture, art, communities, media, markets, nation-states, among other examples) and/or the environment.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate how globalization affects and is affected by one’s own life.

Health and Wellness

logo with globe and handsThe Health and Wellness path provides students with opportunities to explore personal and community health and wellness during various stages in the family life cycle.  Students will be engaged in content and interdisciplinary coursework that examines the significance of health as physical, mental and social well-being. They will understand that wellness includes the ability of people and communities to reach their full potential by removing both personal and societal barriers.  Students will develop an awareness of lifestyle choices and how they create a framework for promoting and actively supporting health, a healthy lifestyle and a culture where wellness is valued.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will examine the role of  personal and public health and wellness in society.
  2. Students will objectively analyze health factors, habits and beliefs that positively and negatively impact health and wellness.
  3. Students will identify and apply the individual and family money management practices that promote financial health and wellbeing throughout various stages of the family life cycle.
  4. Students will identify the physical, psychological, and social benefits of regular physical activity and proper nutrition on health and wellness.
  5. Students will understand the barriers involved with behavior modification and will identify the skills needed to facilitate motivation and behavior change.

Arts, Media, and Society

logo with globe and handsThe Arts, Media and Society path recognizes the continuing centrality of the traditional arts in encapsulating the values, beliefs, and myths of human cultures.  This path also seeks to demonstrate both the ubiquity and change in human information and communication brought about by media.  Media’s effect on both art and society, acting literally to mediate our experience of art and culture poses pressing questions that the courses in this path individually and cumulatively, will seek to answer.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history, criticism and aesthetics of several of the traditional forms of artistic endeavor.
  2. Students will be able to write in the critical idiom and discourse regarding one or more art and media modes and practice.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the debates and theories surrounding critical approaches to the relationship amongst art, media and society along with some of the histories of these debates and relationships.
  • Faculty coordinator: Frances Gateward
  • Department of Cinema and Television Arts
  • fgateward@csun.edu

Aesthetics and Culture

logo with globe and handsThe goal of the Aesthetics and Culture Path is to empower students to think, read, and write critically and creatively about the transformative power of aesthetics in a diverse range of visual, written, and oral forms. This Path encourages students to explore the beautiful in the vast history of human accomplishments; to interrogate the basis of such judgments of taste across time, place, and media; to formulate their own criteria for responsible aesthetic judgments attuned to the differences of class, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexuality, ability, and national identity; and to create and compose their own literary and artistic works. Through interdisciplinary and comparative studies of a wide range of artistic, literary and intellectual works, various new media, and a range of social phenomena, students will rigorously explore, analyze, and evaluate the human quest for ideal expressions of beauty. This Path will also enrich students’ appreciation of culture by engaging them both in the long history of various aesthetic philosophies and material practices, and in contemporary public life with its variety of popular and independent forms of artistic expression. Thus, this Path will enable students to be informed and critical citizens of public culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to define aesthetics, culture, media and their interconnections.
  2. Students will explain the rich and varied genres of aesthetic expression across a diverse range of visual, written, and oral forms of culture.
  3. Students will be able to analyze various artistic, literary, intellectual, and other works of culture with appropriate theoretical concepts.
  4. Students will be able to evaluate various cultural forms, new media, and social phenomena.
  5. Students will create their own literary and artistic works.
  • Faculty coordinator: Tomo Hattori
  • Department of Asian American Studies
  • 818-677-7284
  • tomo.hattori@csun.edu

Social Justice

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The primary goal of the Social Justice Path is to encourage students to think critically about social justice, to recognize it as foundational for peaceful societies, and to look for ways to promote it. Through interdisciplinary studies students will learn about distinct definitions of social justice and explore issues related to it. They will analyze the ways that socially determined beliefs and expectations associated with race, ethnicity, nation, religion, developmental challenges, gender, and/or sexuality become institutionalized and facilitate and/or limit people’s ability to exercise and enjoy equal social, political, and economic rights. Finally, students will develop insight into the interrelationship between cultural recognition and economic justice and the importance of both for ensuring that people are treated equally.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to compare the distinct definitions of social justice.
  2. Students will be able to recognize and critically analyze the inter-relationship between cultural recognition and economic justice.
  3. Students will be able to identify and practice the methods people use to fight for social justice at local, national, and international levels.
  4. Students will be able to identify and analyze the ways injustices are institutionalized in social, political, and economic structures.
  5. Students will be able to recognize and connect the ways individuals and institutions may be beneficiaries and/or victims of social injustice.

Principles of Sustainability

logo with globe and hands Sustainability is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report, 1987). The goal of this path is to broadly educate students about the fundamental concepts of sustainability including economic, environmental, and social aspects. It is designed to supplement education in other disciplines and to provide knowledge of the considerations necessary to make decisions in a world where resources are limited.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to define sustainability and understand how concepts of sustainability are connected to issues of social justice, the environment, and the economy at local, regional, and global levels.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of key concepts related to the study of sustainability, including planetary carrying capacity, climate change, and ecological footprint.
  3. Students will be able to explain how sustainability relates to their lives and their values, and how their actions impact issues of sustainability at the individual, and at local, regional, and global levels.
  • Interim Faculty Coordinator: Patricia Juarez-Dappe
  • Department of History
  • 818-677-4103
  • pjuarez@csun.edu